For the first time, and after many attempts, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that it had successfully extradited a foreign national to stand trial in the U.S. to face criminal antitrust charges for price fixing, bid rigging, and market allocation. Prior attempts at extradition in antitrust cases have been unsuccessful, in part, because extradition generally requires dual criminality – meaning that the charged offense must be a crime under both countries’ laws. For example, in 2010, the British courts declined to allow the extradition of Ian Norris to the United States on charges of price fixing, on the ground that there was no similar statute in the United Kingdom at the time, although he ultimately was extradited for trial in Pennsylvania on charges of obstruction.

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